Things You Must Learn To Deal With Asthma Attack
is a condition when your
gets worsen to the level of severe asthma symptoms. This article will
let you know what to do during an asthma attack, whether you are a
patient or helping a patient. Either way, this knowledge is very
important, as if we donít take the right action, asthma attack can risk
If you have asthma, or if you
have a family member or a colleague with asthma, remind them to
have their own
asthma action plan,
so that when you see asthma symptoms on them (sometimes the
patient do not feel it), you and the patient can take actions
needed during an episode of asthma attack.
When you have prepared your own action
plan, give copies to your family, friends and people at work too.
If your children have asthma, ask them to always bring the asthma action
plan copy wherever they go. Give also copies to the schoolís healthcare
or teachers. Make sure that the action plan written in a simple language
which is easy to understand. Remember, when the action plan is needed,
usually it is an emergency cases of asthma attack when people need to
take quick action/decision.
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How Do You Know That It Is An
Emergency Situation ?
* When an asthma patient shows
described as Ďred zoneí in his/her asthma action plan.
* When the asthma does not respond to medication (asthmaticus
condition). An emergency treatment is needed in this condition, as
oxygen level is decreasing and carbon dioxide is concentrated in blood,
which cause dizziness or headache.
What To Do During An Asthma Attack
In above cases, you must realize that it
is an emergency asthma attack situation that need immediate hospital/ER help. These are
things you must do in an asthma attack:
Give the patient an inhaler (bronchodillator).
Call ambulance from the
nearest ER/hospital (look for the number in the asthma
action plan card).
See the patient reaction after
given one dose of inhaler, if it did not help, give another
one (itís OK to repeat the inhaler in short time during
While waiting for ambulance or
medical help, arrange and make sure the patient is in the
most comfortable position to keep breathing. The best
position is sitting upright on a chair, heading to the chair
support with both hands leaning on the chair support (see
picture on the right). Arrange so that the room gets as many
fresh air as possible to help the patient to breath.
A severe asthma attack will be
frightening for the patient and the family. So, you must not get
panic, as it will make the situation get worse. People who accompany
a patient in asthma attack should keep calm, and convince the
patient to also keep calm. The help will come soon, and nothing can
get worse because you have done everything needed to do.
Praying is one good and helpful thing
you can do to relief the panic during an asthma attack. Remember, panic and anxiety will
just worsen the patientís asthma. So, it is very important to make
the patient calm!
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